Police: Man tries to carjack three vehicles, including unmarked police car

Man tries to carjack three vehicles, including an unmarked police vehicle
Posted at 1:11 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 10:19:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man is behind bars in Tallahassee after trying to carjack three vehicles, including an unmarked police car, within a 30 minute time frame. 

Gerrod Wagner, 20, was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday. 

On Wednesday at about 11:23 a.m. officers were called to Young and Adams Street in response to a Dodge Charger that was left in the middle of the street. Callers advised a man, later identified as Wagner, was seen jumping out of the Charger. 

Officers soon found the car and began to search for Wagner in the area. About 20 minutes later, officers received a call about the same man trying to car jack a victim in the Osceloa and Wahnish Street area. 

K-9s, a police helicopter, and other police units, including Florida A&M University police officers, were requested for help in finding Wagner. 

Officers were eventually able to find and detain Wagner at Osceloa and Main Street.  

According to the police report, he was already bleeding from his hands before officers found him and EMS was called due to him sweating a lot and being tased by officers. After Wagner was put into an ambulance, officers made contact with the victim. 

While talking to officers, the victim said that while walking up to her front porch from the parking lot on Kissimmee Street, she saw Wagner run down the grass embankment on her property, wearing a bloody t-shirt. 

The victim told officers that while she was holding her car and house keys on a lanyard in her hands, Wagner grabbed her car keys and tried to pull them away from her. 

According to the police report, Wagner was able to break a house key off the main key ring, but continued to try and take the victim's lanyard in an attempt to get her car keys. 

The victim's friends heard her yelling and came outside to see Wagner fighting with the victim.     

One of the victim's friends asked Wagner why he took the victim's keys and he said, "I'm sorry. I'm just going through something. I just seen her as an opportunity." 

At that point, police say Wagner dropped the keys and began to run, while the victim and her friends chased after him while calling police. During the chase, Wagner tried stealing keys from a second victim before being chased away by the first victim and her friend.  

Within minutes, documents say Wagner then tried to break into an unmarked police vehicle.

When the officer got out of the car, Wagner ignored the officer's commands and ran away. Eventually, the officer tackled Wagner to stop him from jumping a fence into an apartment building. 

Police state Wagner refused to put his hands behind his back, so he was tased by officers.  

Officers went to follow-up with Wagner at the hospital, but he was unable to provide them with any personal information to identify himself or details as to what happened, and tried to spit at EMS.  

He was only identified when a relative returned a call officers made to Geico in response to finding the owner of the Dodge Charger. After a check of the registered owner's driver's license, police were able to positively identify Wagner by his Georgia driver's license. 

Based on the evidence, he is being charged with robbery carjacking without firearm or weapon, two counts of robbery by sudden snatching without firearm or weapon, and resist officer without violence. 

He was taken to the Leon County Detention Center and his bond has been set at $1,500.